Villa Maria College has had its application approved for the Start-Up NY program, the state organization announced on Friday. The college will now begin the process of receiving applications from businesses looking to invest in the East side and Cheektowaga communities, without having to pay taxes.
Incepted in 2013, Start-Up NY is a state program that gives companies 10 years without taxes when they open operations on eligible campuses across the state. Once the college is approved and space is designated, business whose focus aligns with the institution’s academic goals and want to invest in the local economy can submit an application for the on-campus tax-free zone.
Applicants for Villa’s over 2,300 square feet of space will be considered from a number of industries including advertising firms, animation, digital media, fashion industry and design, film-production companies, graphic and web design, interior design, music industry, public relations and communications, and recording studios.
“This is the beginning of a great opportunity not only for the college, but for our students and the surrounding community to receive additional investment from businesses,” Dr. Ryan Hartnett, assistant vice president of academic affairs said.
Interested businesses can reach out to Dr. Hartnett by email or by calling 716-961-1832.
A private, co-educational, Catholic college, Villa Maria provides the premiere student-centered experience in Western New York. Students learn and grow with a culturally diverse population and a culture that lives its ideals of truth, charity, and unity.